Rice Parents
Parents & Families Newsletter
Issue No. 22 - Fall 2018
A message from Dean Gorman

One of the true pleasures of my job is the opportunity to interact with students in a variety of settings, from chatting with a single student in the central quad to attending a large Student Association meeting. In my letter today, I want to tell you a bit about student life at Rice through two very different sets of interactions — bookends, shall we say, of the Rice experience.

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News Around Campus

The Rice Investment: Talent deserves opportunity

Have you heard about Rice’s big announcement? In September, the university unveiled a new financial aid initiative — The Rice Investment — that will build upon the university’s commitment to affordability by significantly expanding support for low- and middle-income families. To learn more about how this may impact you and your Owl, visit rice.edu/thericeinvestment.

Rice ranks among top-20 among national universities in 2018

For the third consecutive decade, Rice ranks among the top 20 national universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook. Not only did Rice retain its top-20 status (No. 16 overall), something it has done since first appearing on the list in 1988, but it also remained the highest ranked university in Texas.

Rice announces $82 million in strategic research initiatives

On Oct. 16, Rice announced that it will expand its faculty and invest in graduate programs in neuroengineering, synthetic biology and physical biology through an $82 million investment in strategic initiatives. Rice President David Leebron said the initiatives approved by the Rice Board of Trustees will allow the university to add 10 new faculty members, build out research space in the BioScience Research Collaborative and add programmatic support.

Rice breaks ground on new School of Social Sciences building

On Sept. 13, Rice hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences. The building will become a new home for the School of Social Sciences. It is expected to be completed by November 2019 and open prior to the spring semester in 2020. As President David Leebron said at the ceremony: “The School of Social Sciences is on a roll.” Watch a video from the groundbreaking here.

Rice names eighth University Professor in school history

World-renowned computer scientist Moshe Vardi was recently promoted to University Professor, Rice’s highest academic title. He is just the eighth person in the university’s 106-year history to receive the honor. Other University Professors include bioengineering and global health pioneer Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Nobel laureates Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley, and the late former President Malcom Gillis.

Rice Magazine features “20 under 30”

Meet a group of young alumni who are bringing uncommon enthusiasm, focus and passion to their unfolding lives — whether as young professionals in law, medicine and government service, or budding artists who are making their way (and creating a buzz) in the filmmaking or classical music worlds.

End of an era: Rice Magazine reflects on Wayne Graham’s retirement

Wayne Graham is a product of baseball’s golden age. A time when the game stood, unquestioned, as the nation’s pastime, and those who played it were hailed as heroes, never farther than 60 feet, 6 inches from glory. Graham ushered in a similarly magical time for Rice baseball. But when golden ages fade, what happens to their heroes?


Student Life

Blacks at Rice: An Evolving Legacy

All students, alumni, friends and parents of Rice are invited to visit the “Blacks at Rice: An Evolving Legacy” exhibition at the African American Library at the Gregory School, located in Houston, through February 2019. The exhibition traces the compelling history of blacks at our university through a multimedia presentation that includes photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, books, posters, banners, documentaries and an assortment of alumni memorabilia.

Take the road to Rice for Homecoming & Reunion Nov. 2 & 3

Visit homecoming.rice.edu today to find up-to-date information on weekend events, including the Alumni Tailgate and Family Fest, All-Alumni Party, residential college receptions and more. We can’t wait to celebrate with the entire Rice community!

Sallyportal is the place to be for networking!

With over 8,000 community members, Sallyportal is the perfect place for your student to network with Rice alumni and further their professional development. Encourage them to log in today and connect with Owls in their field or who share their interests. Simply click on the Connect tab and search by keyword, company name, residential college, etc. If they haven’t created an account yet, it’s easy: They can sign up using their LinkedIn account or preferred email address.


Parent Involvement

Relive the excitement of Families Weekend 2018

We had a wonderful time welcoming parents, families and friends to campus earlier this month for Rice Families Weekend 2018! If you were able to join us, we hope that you enjoyed your visit as much as we enjoyed having you here. Make sure to watch our video of Rice seniors at their Rice Ring Ceremony and view our Facebook photo album of the event.

Thank you, Owl parents, for making a difference at Rice

During the 2017–2018 academic year, hundreds of Rice parents were among the many Rice volunteers working to strengthen the Rice community in so many ways. Read more about our unmatched Rice volunteers in the 2018 Volunteer Impact Report.

Host an Owl Edge Externship!

The Owl Edge Externship Program provides Rice students with opportunities to job-shadow all over the country and even internationally. Winter Break externships occur Jan. 2-4, with employers from a variety of industries. We are so appreciative of all who have signed up to host over the holiday! Remind your students that opportunities go live in Handshake this week, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 12. If you would like to host a Spring Break externship, contact Michelle Passo at mip2@rice.edu.

Registration is now open for Rice holiday parties

This winter, join fellow Owl parents, alumni, friends and family for festive food and drinks in celebration of the holidays! There are events happening from coast to coast beginning in late November, so visit the Rice alumni holiday parties webpage to see the schedule and to register for an event near you.



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